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Our day started early with a trip to the car dealership in Horseheads. I wasn’t happy with the tires that came on our new car so I had them changed. Since we were so close to the Finger Lakes we decided to make an afternoon of it. After leaving the dealership we made our way through Watkins Glen driving route 14 along the west shore of Seneca Lake. We had our stomachs set on lunch at Fox Run Vineyards only to be disappointed when we arrived to find the cafe was closed until April 1st. Starving we decided to hit up Eddie O’Brien’s in Geneva. Once seated I ordered a pint of Climbing Bines pale ale which is located in Penn Yan. For lunch I went with my favorite the “Bacon, Egg & Cheese” burger and Julie had the french dip. The food was wonderful, the company even better and peering out the window a snow squall had enveloped the city of Geneva.
After lunch we left Geneva and made the short trip to Vintosa Vineyards where we tasted some pretty darn good wine. Departing Vintosa with a bottle of their 2013 Riesling and now driving south on the east side of Seneca Lake we opted to head towards Ithaca. As we got closer to Ithaca a quick stop was made at Taughannock Falls for a glimpse of the 215 foot splendor. https://youtu.be/PY4BeH6b1n8
Our Ithaca destination was the amazingly awesome Purity Ice Cream.
After ice cream we made our way home where our two teenage boys didn’t disappoint. The house was a mess when we returned.
Here is to our next adventure!
Making her way from Minnesota to Vermont and lastly greener pastures here in New York, Elsie has arrived safe and sound at her new home. I know what you might be thinking, did this crazy guy buy a cow? We could all use a little more cowbell but no I did not buy a cow, however I am the proud owner of a “Cownoe”.
In honor of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 15th Anniversary, Wenonah Canoe and Wood and Wood Sign Systems created a custom-made “Cownoe” canoe to support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s efforts to increase paddling opportunities in northern Vermont along the Missisquoi River.
The one-of-a-kind Cownoe is a Wenonah Champlain 18-foot touring canoe made of Kevlar, and designed with a black and white cow graphic designed by Sparky Potter, owner of Wood and Wood Sign Systems in Waitsfield, Vermont. As a note Wood and Wood Sign Systems also make all the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream store signs as well.
Minnesota-based Wenonah was an early supporter of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, with owner Mike Cichanowski recognizing the significance of the nonprofit’s goals. “The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a significant resource for paddlers of all types and abilities,” says Cichanowski, adding that he and friends have long canoe tripped on the trail’s lakes, rivers, whitewater, campsites and portages. “The Cownoe project is the latest effort by Wenonah on behalf of the canoe trail.”
In June of this year the NFCT began selling raffle tickets for this one of a kind canoe, with a planned drawing on August 31st. The minute I saw this canoe I started buying tickets, I bought a boat load of raffle tickets. My thought process was simple, no matter the outcome of this raffle my money was going to an organization that I am extremely passionate about so this was a win/win for me. To be honest I’ve only paddle a small portion of the 740 mile trail which stretches from Old Forge, NY to Kent, ME. Actually next summer my two sons and I have plans to paddle a section in northern New Hampshire along the Connecticut river.
Shortly after noon on August 31st my phone started to buzz and on the opposite end was NFCT Membership & Communications Director Sandy Tarburton. Sandy had such excitement in her voice it could only mean one thing, I was the winner! Actually as a matter of fact my sons and I were on the way home from a four day trip to Vermont when I received the call. I briefly chatted with Sandy and after we hung up the boys and I began to cheer out loud in the car, were ecstatic as I have never won a raffle before.
This morning I made the trip to Waitsfield Vermont pick up the “Cownoe”. It was a beautiful day to make the 580 mile round trip. I had the opportunity to meet several of the wonderful staff members at the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which is truly a wonderful organization and I am extremely proud to be a member.
I encourage you to check out the Northern Forest Canoe Trail here at the link provided and see for yourself all that they are.
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It was the weekend of August 11th & 12th and our family made the 194 mile trip from our home here in Endwell to Lake George, NY to kayak and visit Fort Ticonderoga. Lake George sits on the southern end of New York’s massive 6.3 million acre Adirondack Park.
On Monday morning before heading north to Fort Ticonderoga I stopped in the Lake George, NY Post Office to mail 10 postcards around 0930. At the counter now and the only one in there I waited 5-6 minutes to be waited on while a few clerks gabbed behind the scenes. Once being waited on I informed the clerk all postcards had proper postage and I was requesting to have them hand canceled. I promptly received the glare of death and was told in a stern manner that the United States Post Office does not hand cancel! Ok I’m mad! In response, I politely informed the clerk that this was odd as I have not been in a Post Office that does not hand cancel (except in Grand Central Station, which is a whole other story) and asked if the Postmaster was available in order to clarify.
As you can see by my image provided the clerk finally obliged and I received my hand cancels on all 10 postcards. Cannot wait to return next year and ask again.